Ever since the Find My Remote feature got implemented in Roku devices (those which support it), I have been relying on this feature to find my missing remote.
Whether under the sofa cushions or in entirely another room, the beeps from the remote have always been loud enough for me to find it with ease.
But just recently, my Roku remote started beeping randomly even when I did not use the Find My Remote feature. It stopped when I press the OK button, but started singing again and again and again.
Annoyed at this inconvenience, I went online to figure out how to stop my Roku remote from beeping and compiled everything I learned into this comprehensive guide.
If your Roku remote keeps beeping, check if the Find My Remote button is pressed down. Try moving your Roku to another spot and check for updates. Change the beep sound and re-pair your Roku. Finally, reset the Roku. If none of the above works, you may need to replace the Roku remote.
Check if Find My Remote Button is Pressed Down
Assuming that you have a device like the Roku Ultra, there will be a Find my Remote button on your Roku.
If this button is being pressed down, your Roku Remote starts beeping for a certain amount of time or until you press a button on the remote.
For some odd reason or a manufacturing defect, this button can be in the indented state and cause your remote to go beeping unexpectedly.
To solve this problem, check whether the button is pressed down or not.
If it's not, simply unplug your device and plug it back in after a few seconds.
Press the Find My Remote button with a fair bit of pressure. Then, free the button and check whether the button returns to it initial state.
The button may be damaged if it stays slumped. In such a case, contact Roku support for further assistance.
Several users have indicated that interference from other devices can cause the Roku to go haywire.
This is because the Enhanced "point anywhere" remotes use RF (radio frequency) signals to control your Roku.
With interference from other smart gadgets and devices obstructing the communication, it may lead to several features being enabled without command, like the beeping issue.
Home automation devices and networks using Zigbee protocols or Google Mesh networks can also cause interference.
Try relocating your Roku to another spot away from the top of your TV or printer like on a flat tabletop.
In the case of Roku streaming stick models, it is advised to use an HDMI extender to move the connection away from a faulty HDMI port or any other point of interference.
Check for Updates
Having your device running on the latest software version is crucial for the proper working of the device.
Running on an older, outdated version which may house a number of bugs and errors can cause abrupt troubles like the random pinging of the remote.
It is advised to always keep your device running on the latest firmware, especially if you are facing freezing issues with the Roku.
To update your Roku, follow these steps:
1. On the Home tab, navigate to Settings option.
2. Scroll down and click on System.
3. Click on System Update.
4. Select Check Now to manually check for updates.
5. If there are any updates, click on Download/install.
Now your Roku has been updated. Check whether the problem still persists. If it does, try the next fix.
Change the Beep Sound
Some users have indicated that changing the Remote beeping sound has yielded results.
Changing the standard alarm sound of your Roku remote can be done by:
1. Open Settings, then select Remote & Devices.
2. Select Voice Remote.
3. Click on Change the music.
4. Change to a different sound from the available choices.
Re-pair your Roku
If the beeping doesn't stop even after the fixes above, the problem might not be with your remote rather it might be with your Roku or WiFi network.
Alternatively, you may have received a faulty remote.
But before jumping to conclusions, try re-pairing your remote to your Roku. Many users have reported that the beeps have come to an end after a quick re-pairing.
To re-pairing your device, follow these steps.
1. First, switch off your Roku by unplugging the device. Also, remove the batteries of the remote.
2. After plugging back in and the Home screen comes on, put back the batteries on the remote.
3. Press and hold the Pairing Button next to the battery compartment for about 3 seconds or until the pairing light blinks.
4. This should make the LED on your remote blink green(the LED may be in front or back of the remote).
5. If the LED doesn't blink, try changing the batteries and try again.
5. Wait for the remote to pair until the onscreen prompts appear.
6. Follow the prompts.
Now you have re-paired your remote with your Roku.
Check your WiFi Network
Some of the users were never able to turn off the beeping even though they were within range and connected to a network.
High latency in your network may cause communication between devices to become slow and patchy.
When the traffic in your network exceeds the limit, high latency can occur.
This causes all sorts of problems like buffering issues, longer loading time, and in this case, unresponsive commands from the remote.
Roku recommends that in order to avoid high latency and for faster speeds, connect your Roku device with a 5GHz band of your WiFi or internet connection.
A 5GHz band channel has a wider bandwidth than the traditional 2.4GHz band meaning it can support a higher number of people without losing latency.
In order to switch bands in your Roku, first, you have to make sure that your Roku supports the channel. Check the user manual for more info.
Next, make sure that your WiFi supports dual channel connections(2.4 and 5GHz bands).
Follow these steps to switch the network:
1. In the Settings tab, open Network.
2. Click on Set up Connection.
3. Select the Wireless option.
4. Select your 5GHz band network from the available networks.
5. Enter the password to establish the connection.
Any problem with your connectivity should be resolved once proper speeds and lower latency is established.
If you still experience the beeping, try the next tip.
Reset your Roku
As a final resort, resetting your Roku may solve the bug causing the Find My Remote feature to go off abruptly.
A word of caution, if you reset your Roku all your preferences and third-party channels will be deleted and the device will return to factory settings.
A hard reset will get rid of all the unwanted bugs and errors accumulated over time from various channels and updates.
This may help you stop the beeping issue.
To reset your device, follow these steps:
1. In the Settings tab. navigate to and open the System option.
3. Click on Advanced system settings.
4. Then select Factory reset.
5. Click on Factory reset everything.
6. Wait for the procedure to be completed.
Now you have successfully reset your Roku.
You will have to pair your remote and complete the login procedures and remember to connect to a 5GHz network if possible.
Replace the Roku Remote
You have changed your network, re-paired your remote, updated the device, and even reset your Roku to factory settings, but still, the unexpected beeping occurs.
After going through all the above troubleshooting steps we can conclude that the problem is with the remote.
The only possible fix for this is to replace your remote.
It might have been faulty right from the manufacturer or might have become broken from a fatal fall or an unanticipated accident.
The only possible fix is to replace the faulty remote with a new one.
Either replace your old remote with a new one by contacting customer services or buy a new remote that Roku offers.
A new Roku Voice Remote Pro is now available which offers both RF and IR capabilities meaning you can use it with a traditional IR supported Roku also.
It also has additional features like rechargeable batteries and a headphone jack.
Irrespective of which new remote you bought follow these steps to pair it with Roku:
1. If you don't have your old remote with you, you can download the Roku remote app from the app store of your device.
2. On the Settings tab, click on the Remote & Devices tile.
3. Select Pair a new device.
4. Click on Remote and follow the prompts to pair the new remote.
You can also follow the above-mentioned method(re-pairing method) to pair your new Roku remote.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What does blinking light mean in Roku?
If the LED on your Roku is blinking that means that there is a problem with your Roku. Different lights signify different errors.
A blinking white light is indicative of WiFi issues. Blinking red light means there isn't sufficient power for your Roku. A static RED light indicates overheating.
How can I reset my Roku without a remote?
You can reset your Roku by pressing the reset button on your Roku. Press and hold until the LED is blinking which indicates that the device is factory resetting. Once the LED turns OFF, the reset is complete.